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Driedger, Erika, 2014. Analyzing cumulative effects from human development on reindeer habitat in Sweden : an approach from Canadian caribou recovery planning. Second cycle, A2E. Umeå: SLU, Dept. of Forest Resource Management

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Rangifer sp., also called reindeer or caribou, are characterized by their seasonal movements over the landscape, making them a good indicator for cumulative disturbance effects caused by human developments. This study integrates indigenous ecological knowledge from reindeer herders in northern Sweden to identify current proportions of developed reindeer range and to assess cumulative impacts of development on reindeer husbandry. Mapping revealed the study area as 16.3 % developed, within which 18.4 % of high-use areas were developed. Applying a minimum buffer distance from literature around all developments suggested impacts of 58.7 % on the winter range and 78.6 % on high-use areas. Without buffering forest harvest, impacts were 24.7 % and 24.2 % respectively. A resource selection function with herder-defined high-use area data highlighted the challenge and importance of integrating both social and ecological factors into future cumulative effects analysis.

Main title:Analyzing cumulative effects from human development on reindeer habitat in Sweden
Subtitle:an approach from Canadian caribou recovery planning
Authors:Driedger, Erika
Supervisor:Sandström , Per
Examiner:Wilhelmsson, Erik
Series:Arbetsrapport / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för skoglig resurshushållning och geomatik
Volume/Sequential designation:420
Year of Publication:2014
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:SM001 Euroforester - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Keywords:rangifer, indigenous ecological knowledge, cumulative effects, northern development
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-3476
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-3476
Subjects:Forest injuries and protection
Language:English
Deposited On:22 Jul 2014 08:18
Metadata Last Modified:22 Jul 2014 08:19

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